"BEYOND THE PLATEAU"
The latest issue of our diocesan newsletter, "Beyond the Plateau" is now available. Please go here >
WANTAGE NJ: “Harvest Festival” on 29-30 September 2018
Holy Spirit Orthodox Christian Church (Wantage NJ) will celebrate a “Harvest Festival” on 29-30 September featuring Slavic and American cuisine: sausage with peppers and onions, hot dogs and hamburgers, pierogis, stuffed cabbage, chicken fingers, home-baked goods, and more! Live music will feature the Snake Oil Willie Band on Saturday from 6-8 pm, the Culver Gap Bluegrass Trio on Sunday from 1-3 pm, and Renaissance lute performances. Admission is free. Vendor inquiries welcome. For more information: holyspiritorthodox.org (973-702-0622).
ALPHA NJ: Archpastoral Visit and Celebration
On weekend of 15-16 September 2018, Archbishop Michael visited Saint John the Baptist Church in Alpha NJ and presented a Synodal Gramota to Archpriest Bohdan Ostash (Parish Rector) in recognition of his 30 years of priesthood. His Eminence also brought a new Antimension for the altar containing the relics of a saint. Following the Liturgy, in the newly renovated Church Hall, there was a festal dinner. His Eminence had a dialogue with parishioners during which he shared experiences about his recent pilgrimage visit to the Holy Land and Slovakia.
DIOCESAN MUSIC CONFERENCE & WORKSHOP
At the Workshop for Church Readers we will review the theology that guides and informs our liturgical ministry. We will address practical concerns regarding rubrics, melodic patterns for reading, and how to chant the Prokimenon and Alleluia in synergy with the choir. You will also have an opportunity to receive vocal coaching and practice the strategies learned at the workshop.
ANNUAL DIOCESAN GIRLS RETREAT
The theme of this year’s retreat is “Finding Your True North: Where Does Christ Fit into Your Life?” The retreat is open to Young Women in Grades 7-12 at Saint Basil Academy in Garrison NY from November 9-11, 2018. We are especially grateful to have as our guest speaker Natalie Kapeluck Nixon, Director for Youth & Young Adult Ministry of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA and the Ukrainian Orthodox Camping Programs, who will address contemporary moral issues facing all teenagers today, specifically young women. Natalie has a wonderful presence in the world of Orthodox Youth Ministry, sitting on the Board of Directors of Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF), and also serving as a youth consultant for the Orthodox Fellowship of the Transfiguration and to the Assembly of Bishops Committee for Youth. She also teaches a Youth Ministry Certification Course for St. Sophia’s Ukrainian Orthodox Seminary.
DISTINGUISHED DIOCESAN BENEFACTORS
The ever-growing list of Distinguished Diocesan Benefactors is rising as the leaves of Fall are falling. Thanks to our DDBs the vital ministries of the diocese are being funded as never before. The financial resources provided support our youth, our seminarians, mission parishes, clergy/parish growth, and more! See the DDB “Honor Roll” here > and learn more about the DDB here >